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Professor Emily Grundy Professor of Population Science, University of Essex

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Emily Grundy joined ISER as Professor of Population Science in October 2017 and served as Director from then until October 2020.  She is also an affiliated researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Centre for Excellence on Fertility and Health.  She was previously Professor of Demography at the London School of Economics. Previous appointments include positions at the University of Cambridge, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.


PhD Medical Demography, University of London, UK; MSc Medical Demography, London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine; BA (and MA), King’s College, University of Cambridge.

Research interests and current research

Emily’s  main research interests are families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, associations between family life courses and health and well-being at older ages, and trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality. She has been awarded numerous UK and international grants including an ERC Advanced Grant (2013-2018). She currently leads an ESRC funded project on Families, households and health in ageing populations: Projections and Implications (2020-2023) and is a co-investigator in the Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC; PI Emilia Del Bono).

Emily is also involved in collaborative projects on urban environments and mental health at older ages and on long-term care in Europe.

She is past Chair of the Population Investigation Committee, past President of the British Society for Population Studies, a and past Council member  of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. She currently serves on a range of national and international review committees and on the Editorial Board of the Journals of Gerontology (Social Sciences) and Population, Space and Place. Emily is  a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Read more about Emily’s work on her ORCID profile and on Google Scholar.


  1. Household debt and depressive symptoms among older adults in three continental European countries

    Aapo Hiilamo and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Households
    3. Debt: Indebtedness
    4. Well Being
    5. Finance
  2. The increasing mortality advantage of the married: the role played by education

    Øystein Kravdal, Emily Grundy, and Katherine Keenan

    1. Demography
    2. Education
    3. Family Formation And Dissolution
    4. Health
  3. Fertility history and physical and mental health changes in European older adults

    Katherine Keenan and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Demography
    3. Childbearing: Fertility
    4. Well Being
    5. Health
    6. Life Course Analysis
  4. Coresidence with a child and happiness among older widows in Europe: does gender of the child matter?

    Emily Grundy and Michael Murphy

    1. Older People
    2. Psychology
    3. Geography
    4. Demography
    5. Well Being
    6. Sociology Of Households
  5. Returns home by children and changes in parents’ well-being in Europe

    Marco Tosi and Emily Grundy

    1. Older People
    2. Well Being
    3. Life Course Analysis
    4. Sociology Of Households
    5. Social Psychology
  6. MINDMAP: establishing an integrated database infrastructure for research in ageing, mental well-being, and the urban environment

    Mariëlle A. Beenackers, Dany Doiron, Isabel Fortier, et al.

    1. Older People
    2. Area Effects
    3. Psychology
    4. Urban Sociology
    5. Geography
    6. Research
    7. Well Being
    8. Health
    9. Surveys


Displaying all 8 media publications

  1. "Torno da mia madre", che stress quando i figli quarantenni ripiombano a casa

  2. Empty-nesters 'resent boomerang kids'

  3. Parents with ‘boomerang’ children who move back home as adults suffer as much as people with illness or disability, study shows

  4. Boomerang offspring damage parents' wellbeing, study finds

  5. Parents’ lives made more miserable by the ‘boomerang generation’ returning home

  6. Women are happier being single than men because relationships are hard work

  7. Women are happier being single than men, says a new study

  8. Women prefer being single - because relationships are hard work, research suggests

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